Posted on December 3rd, 2018 - Fiona
With BREXIT upon us and uncertainly for the future of travel and trade I am thrilled to lay my hands on the perfect book all about the United Kingdom. Take a journey through England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales county by county with “Maps of the United Kingdom”. The beautiful illustrated pages make this book of maps perfect for young and old with highlights to impress. To find out more about this wonderful resource from Wide Eyed, part of the Quarto Kids Group, simply read on. There is also a chance to win your very own copy.
Explore more than 1000 highlights from the British Isles
Each region is broken down by county and highlights explored and illustrated on double page spreads. Discover the people that made our cities famous in history, the ancient castles, remarkable engineering as well as art, culture, food and natural resources that make each county special.
Pages from Maps of the United Kingdom
I headed straight for the Cornwall page expecting to see Land’s End, tin mines, pasties and the Eden Project. I wasn’t disappointed. However there is so much more stretching from 1771 with the man who invented the first steam powered vehicle to present day filming of Poldark, all in one double page spread. Reading about other the other areas of the United Kingdom I am shocked at how little I really know about our wonderful country. There are so many more places in the UK that I now want to visit.
Video preview of Maps of the United Kingdom
Need to Know
Retail Price ||
|Illustrated by ||Livi Gosling|
Size: 10.079 in x 12.205 in / 256 mm x 310 mm
|Publisher||Wide-Eyed Editions Part of the Quarto Group|
|Stockists||Quarto Online, Waterstones, Amazon, Books etc, Book Depository|
Win your copy of Maps of the United Kingdom with Quarto Kids and Coombe Mill
If you fancy getting your hands on a copy of this wonderful resource of the UK and perhaps planning your 2019 staycation around it just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Maps of the United Kingdom
We were sent our copy of Maps of the United Kingdom for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Posted on November 19th, 2018 - Fiona
We have the ultimate book for budding star gazers. Seeing Stars from Phaidon is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to know more about our solar system and the stars within it from a historical and artistic perspective. This is a chance to understand and spot the 88 constellations twinkling above us. Who discovered them, when and the story they tell. It is a beautiful book for age 7 to adult that is fascinating and a great reference point for those clear nights. Read on to discover more about Seeing Stars and for a chance to win a copy.
Discover the pictures and stories in our night sky
Seeing Stars takes the reader back thousands of years to when people first began star gazing. Like a giant dot to dot game they joined groups of stars to form animals, gods and objects, these became the Constellations. Seeing Stars looks at each constellation in turn; with clear illustrations and maps the stories are brought to life along with details on when and where you can best see them. Everyone can be a budding astronomer with this book.
What we like
The book is easy to follow, clear and informative. Despite focusing on the history of the constellations there is also up to the minute advice on apps for your phone or websites to expand your learning. Everyone will be able to spot a constellation they want to find, from a birth sign to a favourite animal.
Need to Know
Age Range||7 upwards|
203 x 229 mm
|ISBN||978 071487 7723|
|Author and illustrator||Sara Gillingham|
|Available from ||Phaidon online store, wordery, book depository, Amazon |
Win your copy of Seeing Stars with Phaidon and Coombe Mill
For your chance to win seeing Stars and l inspire your young enthusiast to look up and delight in the wonders of the cosmos simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Seeing Stars A complete guide to the 88 constellations.
We were sent our copy of Seeing Stars for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Cornwall has some of the best Dark skies in the country and our copy can be found in the games room library for star gazing fun on holiday with us.
Posted on November 12th, 2018 - Fiona
Don’t you just love the quintessential image of Christmas? By this I mean the snow scenes, robin, toy shop window and twinkly lights? If you put aside the stress and hassle that can come with being a grown up at Christmas, and focus on the magic as seen through a child’s eye, Christmas is amazing. The wonderful folk at Quarto Kids through their Wide Eyed collection have an adorable book to read with youngsters this Christmas. Discover Let it Glow A Winter’s Walk and get your family excited for the nostalgia of Christmas this season. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.
Let it Glow – The Story Line
Follow a young boy on his evening journey home through a winter wonderland. See through his eyes all the magic of the season along the way. There are lit-up shop windows, carol singers’ candles, stars in the sky and finally a star on the tree. The story is told in verse with beautiful illustrations throughout. This is a truly magical telling of Christmas kids will love.
Let it Glow – The Clever Bit
Real lights glow as you turn the pages. Through the clever peep holes in each page lights transform the landscape and bring the images to life.
Let it Glow Pages with and without lights
A quick guide to Let it Glow. A Winter’s Walk on video
Need to Know
Age Range ||
|Batteries included||For replacement purposes batteries needed are 3* AG-13 button cell batteries (3*1v=4.5v)|
|Author ||Owen Gildersleeve|
|Publisher ||Wide-Eyed Editions part of the Quarto Kids Book Range|
|Stockists ||Amazon Waterstones, Depository, Books e.t.c.|
- Format: Hardback, 24 Pages
- Size: 11.969 in x 10.433 in / 304 mm x 265 mm
Win your copy of Let it glow with quarto Kids and Coombe Mill
For your chance to win this delightful Christmas tale simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Let it Glow A Winter’s Walk Christmas Book
We were given our copy of Let it glow for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Our copy is available for our Christmas holiday guests to borrow from the Coombe Mill library.
Posted on October 29th, 2018 - Fiona
The clever folk at Orchard Toys have done it again! They have launched yet another game that is educational fun at pocket money prices. Mum’s and Dad’s will approve of the counting and colour matching practice, while kids will love the fun characters, bright designs and silliness of the giraffes they create as the games is played. Read on to discover more and how you could win your game of Giraffes in Scarves in time for Christmas.
How to play.
The game can be played with 2 to 6 players, the more the merrier. The object is to turn over cards based on the colour you throw on the dice, and build your giraffe from bottom up. Cards add to your giraffe’s neck with one, two or three scarves, but watch out a few trick cards have none. The aim of the game is to collect as many scarves as you can before you turn over your giraffe head. Once you have your head your giraffe can’t grow any further, however you still take a turn to try and find your opponent’s head and stop their giraffe growing too. Once everyone has a head the winner is the player with the most scarves.
What we liked
This game is packed with all the usual Orchard Toys awesomeness. A careful blend of fun and education pitched perfectly for children aged 4 and over. Children will learn turn taking as well as colour matching and basic addition. All the time the learning is gentle and carefully sits alongside the funny giraffes forming before your eyes. The box and cards can all be wiped clean to play over and over again and all for just £7.75.
Need to Know
Age Suitability||4 – 7 years|
|Players||2 – 6|
|Materials||100& recycled board.|
- 24 neck cards
- 6 head cards
- 6 base boards
- 1 colour dice
- 1 instruction leaflet
Reinforces colour matching skills
Promotes turn taking
|Stockists||Orchard Toys on line shop, Amazon |
Win your game of Giraffes in Scarves with Orchard Toys and Coombe Mill
For your chance to win this great game simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Giraffes in Scarves Game
We were sent our game of Giraffes in Scarves for the purpose of this review, however all opinions expressed here are my own.
Posted on October 22nd, 2018 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we are big fans of the educational books from Wide Eyed Editions, part of the Quarto group. Nonfiction books for children have quite a job to do in drawing the reader away from the lure of Google. However, I may be old fashioned, but there is something special about a well illustrated book. The physical touch and feel is something Google can’t complete with. My kids may not always agree and would spend their life online given half a chance. I think our friends at Quarto understand what I am up against, and probably other parents too, and have introduced the 3rd book in an amazing “illumi” series Illuminatlas. Read on to discover what makes this book so different and inventive that even a hardened on line enthusiast will want to take a look. There is a chance to win your very own copy too.
Illuminatlas through 3 different lenses
The magic of this colourful informative book is in the colour lens. Read about the history, geography and animals of the world then see them pop out before your eyes. Study the world region by region and let your eyes adjust to the highlights through the lens. The construction of each illustration is so effective and absorbing you become quite immersed in each scene bring in the text to life.
The perfect Christmas gift
This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Let the quite discovery of this book take your child to a new level of understanding as the Christmas holidays unfold.
Need to Know
Illustrated by ||
Carnovsky design studio|
284 x 346 x 16mm
|Publisher||Wide Eyed Editions, part of the Quarto Group|
|Stockists||Querto online, Wordery, Amazon, Blackwells|
Win your Illuminatlas with Quarto and Coombe Mill
If you have a tween too into their on line activities you’d like to encourage into a good educational nonfiction book this could be the answer. Follow the instructions below for your chance to win a copy. Good luck to all taking part.
I was sent my copy of this atlas book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.